BCBA – Honey and Cheese Tasting Event

Honey and Cheese Tasting Event for Club Members and family

BCBA is holding a Honey and cheese tasting event !

Kent Pegorsch, president of the Wisconsin Honey Producers Association (WHPA) will give a presentation on the different Wisconsin flowers and nectar sources.   Every participant will receive a flavor wheel and color chart from the American Honey Tasting society (AHTS) as we taste various honey samples side by side.   We’ll then pair the sweet flavors of the honey with different types of artisan cheeses supplied by Nala’s Framagerie in De Pere.  Wine can be purchased separately. 

When: Tuesday June 11, 2019

Where: Nalas Framagerie,  2665 Monroe Rd De Pere

Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm

Cost: $20.00 per person – $10.00  age 12 and under

Limit: 20 people due to space constraints at Nala’s – ONLY 3 OPEN SEATS AVAILABLE! (as of 5/4/2019)

Contact:  Julie Mazzoleni -Vicepresident@browncountybeekeepers.com to register and/or bring your payment to the next Club meeting on Wednesday May 15th.

 

Bee Informed – Colony loss and Management Survey

Bee Informed Partnership

 

 

 

Don’t forget to take the Bee Informed Partnership Survey for Colony loss and management.   You have until April 30th to complete the survey.  This survey allows beekeepers to gain critical knowledge around different management practices and how they impact honey bee health and survival rates.  It also help us to understand long-term honey bee colony loss trends.   Please remember to take the survey and be a part of the larger beekeeping community !!

TO TAKE THE SURVEY NOW – CLICK THE LINK BELOW:

https://26.selectsurvey.net/beeinformed/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=LMS2019#

Youth Involved with Bees

It is always encouraging to see young students getting involved with bees. Below is the write up from Tia Savage describing the bee project she presented at her school on March 28, 2109. She has been invited to attend an upcoming bee club meeting to present her project. She has also expressed interest in furthering her knowledge of bees by joining the club. Excellent work Tia.

“My name is Tia Savage and I attend a project-based learning school, John Dewey Academy of Learning in Green Bay, WI. I did a project working to Save the Bees and raise awareness. I presented the project at Event Night at my school and it was one of the most successful Event Nights I’ve had. I built a bee box out of wood, Styrofoam and paint. I printed honeycomb using a 3D printer and used jello to simulate honey. I had samples of artificial honey and real local honey out as well. I was given the name of “the Bee Girl” and I think I may have really got people to understand the importance of honeybees. “

 

 

Status of SPRING

Comparison of 2019 spring leaf out to average from 1981-2010

Keep track of SPRING by visiting USA – National Phonology Network

The First Leaf Index is based on the leaf out of lilacs and honeysuckles, which are among the first plants to show their leaves in the spring.

The First Bloom Index is based on the flowering of lilacs and honeysuckles. This Index is associated with blooming of early-spring shrubs and leaf out of deciduous trees. 

https://www.usanpn.org/news/spring 

       

 

BCBA Beekeeper of the Year 2108

2018 Beekeeper of the Year Carl Fisher, on the left, accepting the honor from President Steve Hupfer.

Each year the Brown County Beekeepers Association recognizes one of its members for their knowledge of bees, for exceptional contributions to the club, and dedication to continuing their personal education.

This year’s selection is Carl Fisher. As a member of the club since 2017 Carl has worked tirelessly the last two years as coordinator for the Introduction to Beekeeping class, volunteered to be a member of the nominating committee, lead the audit committee and learned about marking queen bees before conducting a Meeting Before the Meeting on queen marking for club members.

Previous honorees:
2017 – Lynn Lindgren
2016 – Dave Doering

Leadership Recognition

At the February 2019 meeting club President Dave Elsen presented former President Steve Hupfer with a momento in recogonition of the years of service he has given the club. Inscribed on the plaque are the heart-felt thoughts of club members.

With sincere appreciation for exceptional leadership, support, and guidance over 6 years as Association President and Vice President

Intro to Beekeeping

On February 23, 2019 the Brown County Beekeepers Association trained 28 prospective beekeepers eager to learn about how to get bees and to keep them alive. The class was a mix of lecture and hands-on. This is an annual class, generally conducted in February.

Special thanks to our title sponsors

Jimmy John's Logo Hansen Honey Farm LLC

Our youngest future beekeeper learning how to lite and use a smoker

Club member, Julie, sharing her knowledge of protective clothing.

Small group interaction with experienced beekeepers made for excellent learning opportunities.

All seats were filled with future beekeepers.

Club member, Julie, showing folks how to lite a smoker on this damp day.

 

Where to Buy Bees

Package of bees

At the January 2019 club meeting a there was a handout of companies that sold bees. Several asked for the information to be put on the website. However, before using this information please keep this in mind.

  1. The Club does not endorse any bee providers. However, we believe this information can aid members in evaluating potential bee providers and stress the importance of members doing their own research.
  2. Be sure to ask your potential provider where and when you will have to pick up the bees. Some providers do not distribute bees in Green Bay.
  3. It is important you ask if the bees were treated for mites, when they were treated and when.
  4. Before making a final decision on supplier verify all the details of your purchase. Information on this sheet can change at any time.

Click here for the pdf of some suppliers.

Mites and “fat body” bees

New research now indicates that varroa mites feed on bee “fat bodies” and not completely the hemolymph. Some beekeepers are thinking about the implication on treating for mites. You can read one person’s thought here.